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On the Education of Children in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Old and New Testament Exegesis, New Testament Exegesis.
2012 (English)In: Studies in religion, ISSN 0008-4298, E-ISSN 2042-0587, Vol. 41, no 3, 350-363 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines three passages from the Rule of the Congregation and the Damascus Document that pertain to the topic of children's education. The education of children was considered important within the Qumran movement, which is evident in the curriculum in 1QSa and the fact that such a high-level official as the Examiner had a supervisory role over the teaching. In contrast to the level of education of children in Jewish society in general at the turn of the era, which appears to have been quite rudimentary and consisting mainly of memorization, it appears that children within the movement received a thorough education in both reading and writing. The content of the teaching focused on the laws of the Torah and the Book of Hagu, which is an unknown composition. It is likely that both boys and girls received some education.

Abstract [fr]

Cet article examine trois passages de la Règle de la Congrégation et le Document de Damas qui se rapportent au thème de l’éducation des enfants. L’éducation des enfants était considérée comme importante au sein du mouvement de Qumrân, importance qui est évidente dans le programme de 1QSa et le fait qu’un tel fonctionnaire de haut niveau que l’examinateur a eu un rôle de supervision sur l’enseignement. Contrairement au niveau de l’éducation des enfants dans la société juive en général au début de l’époque, qui semble avoir été assez rudimentaire et composé principalement de mémorisation, il semble que les enfants au sein du mouvement ont reçu une éducation complète en lecture et en écrit. Le contenu de l’enseignement a été axé sur les lois de la Torah et le Livre d’Hagu, qui est une composition inconnue. Il est probable que les garçons et les filles ont reçu une certaine éducation.

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2012. Vol. 41, no 3, 350-363 p.
Keyword [en]
education, children, the Rule of the Congregation, 1QSa, 4Q266, the Damascus Document, Renewal of the Covenant Ceremony
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis; Old Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-180184DOI: 10.1177/0008429812441339ISI: 000307452900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-180184DiVA: diva2:548659
Available from: 2012-08-31 Created: 2012-08-31 Last updated: 2012-09-28Bibliographically approved

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